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Suggest Treatment For Wound On The Shinbone

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Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016
Question: I had a wound on my shin from two years ago. The wound has completely healed but recently it started to itch occasionally. I was going to consult a doctor but I wanted some advice before I do it.

Please let me know what could cause this and what my actions should be.
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Answered by Dr. Nagamani Ng (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Normal.

Detailed Answer:
As new collagen is produced and replenished at the wound site, as well as elastin fibers, it is this portion of healing that can cause scar itching and discomfort. Itching can also come from sensation in the nerve endings that were cut or affected and from inflammation at the wound site.

Keeping the area hydrated is essential. You can do this with a body moisturizer or with a scar treatment that contains moisturizing ingredients (one with silicone works best.) A temporary, short term way to subside itching is using icepacks for short periods of time to help numb the area enough to help, although you shouldn’t keep ice on for more than about ten minutes at a time. Avoid using bar soaps, as they tend to strip the skin of natural oils, leaving the skin dry and chapped, which will increase itching.
Itching can also be an indication of infection. If you experience heat or pain along with the itching, it’s best to contact your doctor to discuss it further.

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Suggest Treatment For Wound On The Shinbone

Brief Answer: Normal. Detailed Answer: As new collagen is produced and replenished at the wound site, as well as elastin fibers, it is this portion of healing that can cause scar itching and discomfort. Itching can also come from sensation in the nerve endings that were cut or affected and from inflammation at the wound site. Keeping the area hydrated is essential. You can do this with a body moisturizer or with a scar treatment that contains moisturizing ingredients (one with silicone works best.) A temporary, short term way to subside itching is using icepacks for short periods of time to help numb the area enough to help, although you shouldn’t keep ice on for more than about ten minutes at a time. Avoid using bar soaps, as they tend to strip the skin of natural oils, leaving the skin dry and chapped, which will increase itching. Itching can also be an indication of infection. If you experience heat or pain along with the itching, it’s best to contact your doctor to discuss it further.